A Note on Forming a Strategy To Submit Your Work
It’s a big wild world of literary journals out there. What you don’t want to do is to ask someone else to read your work and make them tell you where to submit. Then you’re missing all the fun and the learning about future opportunities!
The best strategy is to DIVE IN, somewhat at random, to some of the links below. You’ll see that there are databases that list all of the journals, with new ones cropping up all the time and others fading away. The best analogy to this is to think about your own taste in music. How did you learn what you liked? By listening, randomly turning on the radio, listening to what friends listen to, reading music writing… This is the same kind of work. Journals, like bands, range from indie upstarts to epic rockstars playing the Superbowl. If you subscribe to a magazine like Poets and Writers, you will get a good introduction to that landscape. The most important thing to do is 1) put in the time, 2) explore randomly, 3) submit to places where you like the writing, 4) and maybe occasionally or regularly submit to a superstar place, because you never know what will happen!
Literary Magazine Resources
“25 Best Sites for Literature Lovers” on Flavorwire
Directory of Literary Magazines in a searchable database at Poets & Writers
List of literary magazines on Web del Sol
Jane Friedman’s blog on Literary Publishing; sign up for her newsletter which includes places to publish
How to Develop a Submission Strategy
Independent Publishing Resources
Inkluded: An inclusive literary community championing diversity in publishing
Database of Independent Publishers at Poets & Writers Magazine
Great Places to Submit Essays
Creative Nonfiction Magazine
The Common: A Modern Sense of Place
Where to Submit if You’re an Undergraduate Writer
New Pages List of Undergraduate Literary Journals
And also feel free to submit to any other journal!!
Books Available through Fairfield Library
International Literary Marketplace: http://libcat.fairfield.edu/record=b1168398